Approved: 26.10.2008

Stephen Connell

Artist, Technician

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Approved: 26.10.2008

A major concern within my practice is the maintaining of a dual narrative. As a visual practitioner, it remains that the audience find my work visually accessible in addition to conceptually stimulating. My work is always photographic based, and uses both traditional film and digital systems.
Whilst developing a series of work, often the personal journey of investigation through a process becomes

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    Artist Statement

    A major concern within my practice is the maintaining of a dual narrative. As a visual practitioner, it remains that the audience find my work visually accessible in addition to conceptually stimulating. My work is always photographic based, and uses both traditional film and digital systems. Whilst developing a series of work, often the personal journey of investigation through a process becomes an integral part of the work itself lending projects a time based aspect. Although my work appears to deal primarily with issues of space, particularly urban or architectural, an additional factor of interest to me is human impact or lack of it on spaces. Despite the absence of the figure in the majority of images I produce, there is usually trace evidence of human activity or a notable sense of anticipation of human presence.

    CV & Education

    Stephen lives and works in Sheffield, as a Lead Ophthalmic Science Practitioner specialising in Ocular Ultrasound, whilst continuing to practise as a contemporary photographer

    Education/ Qualifications                                                                                                  

    2003-2006 University of Lincoln

    First Class BA Honours in Photography (Contemporary Lens Media)                     

    Selected Group and Solo* Exhibitions  

      •Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham: Parade, Terra Incognita: 27 Jan-24 Feb 2007

      •Pavilion Exhibition, Round House Media Centre, Leeds: 9 February-11 April*

      •Friar Lane Gallery, Nottingham: 10 February -26 May

      •Site Gallery Cafe, Sheffield: 5 March- 3 September

      •Persistence Works, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield: 3-21 March* 2008

      •Host Gallery, Foto8 Summer Show, London: 23 July-13 September

      •20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe: 4 July – 26 September* 2009

      •The Photographic Angle, various touring exhibitions 2010-2012

    Publications

    • British Journal of Photography: Endframe: 09.08.06- featuring ‘Wasted Light’

    • Pavilion Online Gallery: 18.12.06- 18.12.07 featuring Wasted Light project

    • Foto8 Magazine, autumn 2007

    • British Journal of Photo: 08.08.07, longlisted for Project Assistance Award

    • British Journal of Photography:  'On Show' section as 'five to visit' 12.03.08

    • British Journal of Photography:  'On Show' section 09.09.09

    •The Orchard keeper (Cormac McCarthy) book front cover photograph, 2011 American publication, published by Vintage International

    • Urban photographer of the year/ 2012

    • Photographer's Forum magazine, 2013:best of photography

    Commissions

    • Commissioned by 20-21 Visual Arts Centre to produce a series of images of the    Corus Steel works, as an extension of the ‘Wasted Light’ series, Scunthorpe, 2009

    • Wates Construction, building of the Marks and Spencer’s Eco Store 2010-2011

     Agency

    Represented by Millennium Images from July 2009

                                                                                 

      Competitions

    • Long listed for Project Assistance Award, British Journal of Photography 2006

    • Long listed for Project Assistance Award, British Journal of Photography 2007

    • Winner, Best Colour Fundus Image, Ophthalmic Imaging Assoc. Competition 2009

    • Winner, Best Case Study, Ophthalmic Imaging Association Competition 2010

    • Winner, ‘Footprints’ The photographic Angle’s environmental photographic competition November 2011

    • Two honourable mentions in the International Photography Awards 2012

    • Highly Commended in the Urban Photographer of the Year 2012

    • Winner of the public vote for the European Environment Agency’s photo-essay on ‘Air in cities’ 2012

    • Highly commended in the Photographer's Forum magazine competition 2013

    • Finalist in the International Photography Awards for the series Pitcoal 2013

     

      Lectures and Presentations

    Ocular Ultrasound Presentation and lecture to Ophthalmic Imaging MSc Warwick University, June 2013